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The Future of Europe: A French Perspective

Tuesday, May 24 at 5:45PM

Location: The Union Club, Wedgewood Room

After difficult years marked by the Covid-19 pandemic, Europe is facing consequential challenges in 2022. Russia’s brutal invasion of Ukraine has been a tectonic shift for the European continent. Together with the United States, Europeans have taken unprecedented decisions to confront Russia and support Ukraine. In addition to the immediate impact of the Ukraine war, Europeans also need to address the many aftershocks of the conflict from higher energy prices to a looming food crisis.

Against this backdrop, French presidential elections are critically important not only for the future of France but also for Europe at large given the driving role played by Paris in European affairs. One month after the final results of the French elections, Pierre Morcos will discuss the impact of these elections on French foreign policy and more largely on Europe as the continent is confronted with historical security challenges.

Pierre Morcos is a visiting fellow in the Europe, Russia, and Eurasia Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, where he focuses on European security issues. A career diplomat with the French Foreign Service, he most recently served as deputy head of the Strategic Affairs and Cybersecurity Division, focusing on NATO and European defense issues.



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